Disability Resource Library Newsletter

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June 2021 Celebrating "Fathers" in June

a photo of a father and son who is using a walker

To all the men who care for a child with special needs.... We celebrate you!

Being a parent to a child with special needs can be joyful and rewarding. It can also be exhausting and stressful. Although moms may be in the spotlight much of the time, dads experience their own unique set of challenges. During this month of Father's Day, we want to recognize and support dads.

We celebrate you!

Please have a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library provides. Contact us by calling 304-293-4692 or visiting our WVU CED Disability Resource Library website.

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Featured Resources

Fatherneed: Why Father Care Is as Essential as Mother for Your Child

a photo of the cover of Fatherneed

by Kyle D. Pruett

"Is your child getting the right balance of nurturing care that all children need to grow into healthy adults, including the kind of care only a father can give? For years the most trusted child care experts have emphasized the mother/child bond, but this is only half the story. Kids and dads are also biologically hardwired for a different but equally important relationship. In FATHERNEED, Dr. Kyle D. Pruett draws on more than two decades of highly acclaimed research, at the Yale Child Study Center to offer the first complete understanding of the father's role in child and adult development.

Borrow Fatherneed

Uncommon Fathers Reflections on Raising a Child with a Disability Edited by Donald J Meyer

Compelling collection of essays by fathers who were asked to reflect and write about the life-altering experience of having a child with a disability.

Borrow Uncommon Fathers Reflections on Raising a Child with a Disability

Dads Parent Cafe in a Box

Dads Cafés give dads safe opportunities to talk to one another about who and how they want to be as a father. Dads Parent Café in a Box provides the foundation for hosting Dads Cafés or Cafés with fatherhood involvement themes, complements Parent Café in a Box, and comes with a full deck of bilingual (English/Spanish) cards with over 200 questions and a guide book for running a successful Parent Café. Great for Fatherhood programs, men's faith-based groups, and parenting education programs.

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Dad and Me in the Morning

by Patricia Lakin

Early one morning, a young boy wakes to the light of his alarm clock. He puts on his hearing aids and clothes, then goes to wake his father. Together they brave the cold as they walk down the dirt road that leads to the beach. Lakin’s understated story reminds readers that sometimes the best way to communicate doesn’t involve words, while Steele’s watercolor illustrations show that beauty is never far away.

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The Dad Difference Vol. 1 & 2 DVDs

by Injoy Videos

Volume 1 - (37 min) This research-based video shows dads how to be involved with their babies from pregnancy on! The Dad Difference features a diverse group of real fathers, candid comments and practical tips to inspire every dad to become more connected with their baby.

Borrow Volume 1

Volume 2 - (33 min) This research-based video shows young dads nurturing their child's development while dealing with the realities of being a father. The Dad Difference features a diverse group of real fathers, candid comments and practical tips.

Borrow Volume 2

Including Samuel: Documentary by Dan Habib

Photojournalist and father, Dan Habib rarely thought about inclusion before his son Samuel was born Now he thinks about inclusion every day.

Habib's award-winning film "Including Samuel" documents his family's hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families.

Borrow Including Samuel

"Dad" Navigation Tips
(The Importance of Self-Care)

A note to dads,

"To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others" (Anthony Robbins)

Tips for communicating with your child

(Submitted by Julia Baruffi- WVU LEND Trainee)

  • Create a safe space for your child to talk about big feelings such as anger, happiness, sadness, etc.
  • Pay attention to your own body language when having a conversation, as well as your child's body language.
  • Try to understand your child's perspective, even if you don't agree with it.
  • Repeat parts of your conversation back to your child so they know that you are listening.
  • If you see your child is upset, help them reflect on their emotions by asking them to describe or show you their feelings.

Every Tuesday (7pm) Circle of Parents Live, Virtual, On-line

WVU's Center for Excellence in Disabilities hosts Circle of Parents, a place where parents of all types can gather and share their stories, their experiences, their worries, their fears, their wisdom, and find community and strength together.

Join us this Tuesday!

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A Child's Champion Dad's with Disabilities

Information is from AbleThrive 2021 "Parents with Disabilities"

Parenting is hard work. For dad's with disabilities, the challenges can feel insurmountable-- not because of the disability itself, but because they are raising children in a society that often does not include them. For a dad with low vision or blindness, communicating with teachers and administrators about their children can be frustrating. A father with difficulty walking may struggle to pick his daughter up from preschool because procedures won't allow someone to bring her out to his car. Parenting is a journey, and disability adds another dimension. Help advocate in your community and at your work site for alternative services, access, and technical assistance so that all parents are included.

To learn more visit CDC Disability and Health Inclusion Strategies